Carrie Fisher dies, and Disney profits


Every cloud must have a silver lining, goes the old saw, but for Disney, the lning to the cloud of Carrie Fisher’s death is pure platinum.

From the Independent:

Disney is expected to be awarded one of the largest insurance payouts in history after reports it took out a $41m policy on Carrie Fisher.

The company, which bought Lucasfilm in 2012, took out a policy with Lloyds of London to protect it from any losses if the actress was unable to fulfil her contract to appear in the new Star Wars trilogy, trade magazine Insurance Insider reported.

The 60-year-old, who renewed her role as Princess Leia – known as General Organa in the 2015 film The Force Awakens – died in hospital four days after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles.

In her one-woman show Wishful Drinking, which we watched earlier tonight, Fisher mentioned that Disney owns all the rights to her image, and given that they already digitally recreated a younger Princess Leia for Rogue One, Disney doesn’t need her live performance before the camera for the final Star Wars film, so her death represents almost a pure windfall for the company that’s done most to ensure draconian intellectual property laws at home and abroad.

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